Martin Freeman Confirmed for ‘The Hobbit’; Dwarves Also Cast

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:25 pm,

After months and months of speculation and rumors, today we finally get the official confirmation that Martin Freeman (The Office UK) has been cast in the pivotal role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.

Freeman has been rumored to play Bilbo for what seems like forever now, with rumors of his casting resurfacing just last week. However, we can now thankfully put those rumors to bed and rest safe in the knowledge that Freeman is definitely playing the lovable Hobbit of the title.

This is a great day for Hobbit fans as not only has Freeman been confirmed for the lead role but New Line has also announced the casting of quite a few other actors who are set play the Company of Dwarves.

The actors and their respective dwarves are as follows:

  • Richard Armitage (set to appear in the upcoming Captain America) – “Thorin Oakenshield,” leader of the Company of Dwarves.
  • Aidan Turner (Being Human) – “Kili”
  • Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) – “Fili”
  • Graham McTavish (Secretariat, 24) – “Dwalin”
  • John Callen - “Oin”
  • Stephen Hunter – “Bombur”
  • Mark Hadlow (King Kong) – “Dori”
  • Peter Hambleton – “Gloin”

This is just the first wave of official casting for The Hobbit and announcements are expected soon for the likes of Elrond the Sage, Beorn, Bard the Bowman and the voice of Smaug the dragon (Ron Perlman has previously been rumored to voice him). There’s no word if recently rumored David Tennant, Michael Fassbender or James Nesbitt have been cast – could they be playing any of those yet-to-be-announced characters mentioned above?

Although nothing has been officially announced, Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are both expected to reprise their iconic roles as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively. Does anyone seriously doubt they won’t come back?

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With all the trouble The Hobbit has been through, mainly due to MGM’s financial woes, it was hard to imagine that we’d ever see this film happen. I’m sure I’m not alone in my joy at seeing things move forward on The Hobbit front and by the sounds of this batch of casting additions, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings prequel is in safe hands.

Both parts of The Hobbit are to be shot back-to-back (maybe in New Zealand, maybe not) starting in February, 2011. Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters on December 19th, 2012, with part 2 following a year later in December, 2013.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Why have they cast several tall, and thin actors as Dwarves?

    • John Rys-Davis is over six feet, but he played a great Gimli.

      • True but he has never been a skinny man, certainly not in the films I know him from. He’s kinda portly.

        • he’s lost a lot of weight. and Spielberg better have him in Indy 5!!

          • Were Thorin’s gang not living in exile because of the Dragon?

            Maybe they were’nt as well nourished as Gimli, who had lived, by the time of the LoTR, under the reign of Dain II for quite some time…in a prosperous enough re-occupation of the Lonely mountain (although undoubtedly less glorious than that past opulence from which Thorin was ousted)…

        • (casting tall Dwarves) so that the “smaller hobbits”, played by shorter people, will work in “scale” during the shoot as much as possible.

  2. Hmmm, I’m not convinced by Martin Freeman’s casting – but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and not be too dismissive before I’ve seen the film

    • Really? Who would you have preferred?

      • Freeman works for me, dunno what Hors is thinkin.

        • I just haven’t seen enough of Martin Freeman on the big screen to justify him carrying such an iconic role in The Hobbit.

          However, I felt exactly the same about Elijah Wood when he was cast the the original LOTR, so my cinicism is probably a good thing as Elijah turned out to be a great choice for Frodo.

          • as a Martin Freeman fan, let me try to put some of your fears to rest. You need to see him in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the new British series called Sherlock, and he also did a short cameo in Hot Fuzz that was pretty funny. I think he’s going to be great as Bilbo.

    • and how many of these people have you acutally met? good thing for the movie going world we do not need you to be convinced before we go ahead and shoot :)

  3. Yeah, there are a lot of thin actors cast as dwarves.

    I would have to guess they are going to pad them fairly thick in order to pull off a dwarfish look.

    • But I like Martin Freeman as Bilbo.

  4. I love Richard Armitage. Really glad to see him get cast.

  5. So glad to hear Freeman has been officially cast!

    Is there any word on Hugo Weaving returning as Elrond? It would be a shame to not have that continuity especially if Serkis and McKellen are reprising their respective roles.

  6. Could Tennant be playing a young elrond? Maybe a mirkwood elf?

    • Maybe he’s playing the human character?

    • Pitt..a younger Elrond? you know how old he is right lol.

      • I thought Weaving had already said he was coming back as Elrond?

        • i hope so DSB!!!

    • I’m guessing it’s the elf King, or a wizard. Either way, Tennant will be in ‘The Hobbit’, enough said.

  7. Finally some progress for the hobbit Lookin forward to the teaser trailer, at least we know now we’ll all be returning to middle earth for another great adventure in the future ^_^

    • a teaser trailer wont be coming for some time my friend

    • It’ll probably premiere with ‘Batman 3′ in July 2012.

  8. Probably not until summer 2012. Which is a long way off.

    • I’d rather see the drizzt series, I feel like the hobbit is cursed. As much as I love the book.

      I’m hopeful, but splitting the story is already mistake majora uno!

      • that whole series of books would break hollywoods bank though. plus its never been done, and we all know hollywood just makes remakes now:(

      • So would I to be honest but have to agree the cost for a minimum of three films for a decent depiction of the source material would be costly. Besides, I still don’t see the American public accepting Drow in any genre except book or a literature setting (AD&D style gaming etc). A black skinned race who are virtually wholly evil? Even in a fantasy setting it might cross a line (remember the uproar against certain Star Wars Ep.1 characters?).

  9. reall dont matter how tall the actors are, they will do what they did on LOTR and some make them look 3 feet tall.

  10. Yea it’ll be some time before we see a teaser but it’ll be here before you know it ^_^

  11. I hate that picutre of Freeman up there…he looks more like Popeye than Bilbo

  12. Finally! Great choice! Let the filming begin!!!!!

  13. i really don’t care who’s in the film but they had better cast ron perlman as the voice of smog.

  14. I am thrilled with the casting of Richard Armitage as Thorin! P. Jackson is a wise, wise man.

  15. I heard Bill Nighy’s name being mentioned for Smaug–and Peter Jackson himself mentioned Bill Nighy. So…am getting pretty hopeful. Apparently they are negotiating with him, but he’s yet to say yes.

  16. I notice pretty much all the new actors are unknowns. Not that I mind but I’d loved to have seen someone like Jeremy Irons or Robbie Coltraine.